Quote of the Day (Mike Leaptrott)

“Lately, I’ve come to see faith and doubt as complimentary ingredients in our cocktail of thought. When was the last time you enjoyed a glass of lemon juice or a spoon full of sugar? We may disagree about the perfect recipe for lemonade and some of us may opt for more experimentation over more traditional [Read More...]

Mythical Multi-Bloggersation

The discussion of the “mythical Jesus” viewpoint that has at times been present here (I can hardly say it “began” here) has spread to AIG Busted, in the form of a post that also touches on creationism, cosmology, and (in the comments) even Japanese Role Playing Games, Justin Martyr and sons of Jupiter. so there’s [Read More...]

Beauty Detection Apparatus or Beauty Creation Apparatus?

In some cases, we have built devices to detect such things as radioactivity, or infrared light. In other cases, we have built devices to pick up and decode signals that we as human beings have produced. The air all around you and I is filled with music, but it may take a radio receiver to [Read More...]

Encountering Jesus

This past Sunday we rounded up a discussion of Christology in the Sunday school class I teach. In response to the suggestion that belief in the “divinity” of Jesus might be essential to Christianity, I took a different tack than I usually might. Usually I would have pointed out that most or all of the [Read More...]

LOST Rules

Those who have seen tonight’s episodes of LOST will probably get the pun in the title. Those who haven’t ought not to read this post yet. Knowing about the future doesn’t do most of us any good. Spoilers will follow. You’ve been warned. After waiting so long for the new season of LOST, it is [Read More...]

A Historic Inauguration, A Historic Sermon Still To Come

I’ve watched the events of the last 24 hours with awe and excitement, unable to think of anything to blog that would be adequate to the occasion. But I do want to mention that Rev. Sharon Watkins, who will be preaching at the National Prayer Service tomorrow, is not only a Butler University graduate, but [Read More...]

So Insignificant, So Special

The latest cartoon from The Ongoing Adventures of ASBO Jesus captures well how there can be different perspectives on the same evidence. I’d say that both can be true, simultaneously, as different facets of the same reality. [Read more...]

Doubt in Faith’s Clothing

I found myself thinking today that what fundamentalists call “faith” looks surprisingly like “doubt”, and what they consider “doubt” at the very least demonstrates a greater amount of “faith” than their own so-called “faith”. Let me explain. (And, by the way, I hope none of those “quotation marks” were “unnecessary”) Fundamentalists increasingly take measures to [Read More...]

Quotes of the Day

I couldn’t choose, so here are several gems to choose from: “Biblical inerrancy can’t hold off demographic realities forever” (Bill Leonard) “I’ve said it before: the surprising thing isn’t that creationists are dishonest; it’s that, with all the practice they’ve had, they aren’t any better at it” (John Pieret). “If you don’t like change, you’re [Read More...]

Spoiler Alert

I finally got to watch the latest episode of Battlestar Galactica. Answers and more questions. Despair and freedom. I am sure I’ll have some thoughts, but for now, here are links to all the posts I turned my eyes away from over the course of the day, as I waited for the chance to see [Read More...]

Teach Them Science

I’ve just been made aware of two web sites related to science education and/or the relationship between religion and evolution. The first is called Teach Them Science. The second is the Fact and Faith website, which includes a book that can be downloaded for free entitled God By Evolution. [Read more...]

On The Trail Of Bullgeschichte

My quest for NT Wrong took me across vast stretches of time and space. Today’s quest took me to unexpected places, too, but the end is one I ought to have seen coming. I’ve been discussing mythicism as well as oral tradition, both in relation to the historical figure of Jesus, on this blog in [Read More...]

Androids and Antiquity Around the Blogosphere

IO9 asks whether androids pray to electric gods. Galactica Sitrep tells us all the places we can get access to Battlestar Galactica episodes. John Morehead will be turning his attention to Mormon myth and sacred narrative. Ancient World Online and Horothesia share links to online ancient sources, such as the Nag Hammadi texts and the [Read More...]

Review of Keith Ward, The Big Questions in Science and Religion

Here’s the Table of Contents for my multi-post review of Keith Ward, The Big Questions in Science and Religion (West Conshohocken: Templeton Foundation Press, 2008): Introduction and a Quotation Chapter 1: How Did The Universe Begin? Chapter 2: How Will the Universe End? Chapter 3: Is Evolution Compatible with Creation? Chapter 4: Do the Laws [Read More...]